Music Ministry Degree Moves Toward Accreditation

Central Methodist University’s Bachelor of Music in Music Ministry degree has been granted Plan Approval through the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Because the degree is relatively new, Plan Approval is required to work toward Final Approval, which will occur after the program matures.

The NASM Commission voted to accept the University’s application for Plan Approval, commenting “on a well-designed degree intended for students aspiring to enter the field of church music and worship arts.”

As an accredited member of NASM, the new degree must maintain operations and programs with NASM standards.

“CMU is excited to offer a degree program that meets the needs of its students,” said Provost Rita Gulstad. “For years, students have expressed an interest in music ministry and now CMU can provide an accredited program of study to meet their needs. I am thrilled at the opportunity.”

The Music Ministry major takes much of the traditional coursework that Music Education or Music Performance majors would take, with the addition of specialized classes in commercial music styles, music technology, music business, musical leadership, and Bible studies.

Central’s music program will undergo its standard accreditation process, which occurs every 10 years, in 2020.

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